Patents by Inventor Thomas MERTENS

Thomas MERTENS has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200248967
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a stacked plate for a stacked-plate heat exchanger, e.g., for a motor vehicle. The stacked plate includes an inlet, an outlet, and a U-shaped flow path extending between the inlet and the outlet. A raised separating web is disposed along a longitudinal centre of the stacked plate, and extends between the inlet and the outlet and provide a U-shaped extent of the U-shaped flow path. The separating web includes at least one U-shaped protrusion and at least one separating web portion projecting from the separating web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Andreas Draenkow, Thomas Merten
  • Patent number: 10735955
    Abstract: A method for establishing a wireless connection between a mobile communication device and a communication module (14) of a vehicle (10) with an identifier (17) is disclosed. According to the method, access rights, namely links between vehicle identifiers (17) and user identifiers, as well as data required for establishing the wireless connection, are stored in a database server (16) outside of the mobile communication device. A control unit (11, 12) for carrying out the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Wabco GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Dieckmann, Heiner Merten, Thomas Wolf
  • Patent number: 10695991
    Abstract: A process arrangement for producing a fiber-reinforced plastic component comprises a stacking station in which pre-impregnated textile semi-finished products can be stacked, and an assembly station in which the semi-finished products can be further processed to form the layered packet. The forming of the fiber-reinforced plastic component is subsequently carried out in the press. According to the invention, the stacking station is assigned at least one transport and/or storage container in which the semi-finished products can be stored air-tight, light-proof, and/or moisture-tight shielding and can be transported to the assembly station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Maurice Bitterlich, Max Ehleben, Katja Zeuner, Thomas Mertens
  • Publication number: 20200171762
    Abstract: A method for producing a fiber-reinforced plastic component includes providing an at least two or more-layered textile structure made of a carrier layer onto which a short-fiber layer, in which short fibers are saturated with a not yet polymerized starting component of a reactive thermoplastic matrix material, is applied, making up or producing the textile structure into a fiber-reinforced textile semi-finished fiber product, and pressing/deep drawing the fiber-reinforced textile semi-finished fiber product into a mold for the fiber-reinforced plastic component to be produced, while at the same time heating the fiber-reinforced textile semi-finished fiber product to a temperature above the polymerization starting temperature. A process arrangement for producing a fiber-reinforced plastic component and a fiber-reinforced plastic component are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: ALINE KUBISCH, MAX EHLEBEN, THOMAS MERTENS, FABIAN FISCHER, MAURICE BITTERLICH, PHILIPPE DESBOIS
  • Patent number: 10661482
    Abstract: A process for the production of fiber-reinforced components or semifinished products is provided, where fibers are saturated with monomer. The process includes at least one of adding flakes including fibers and adding individual fibers. For this, the fibers, the monomer, and the flakes including fibers and/or the individual fibers are added to an injection-molding machine and forced into an injection mold, whereupon polymerization of the monomer is completed in the injection mold. Alternatively a fiber structure on a conveyor belt is saturated with a solution including a monomer, optionally including an activator, and optionally including a catalyst. In a following step, individual fibers and/or flakes including fibers are distributed on the saturated fiber structure, the fiber structure is passed through a roll pair in which pressure is exerted onto the fiber structure, and finally the saturated fiber structure is cooled so that the monomer solidifies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventors: Philippe Desbois, Andreas Wollny, Max Ehleben, Maurice Bitterlich, Katja Zeuner, Thomas Mertens, Olaf Taeger-Ing
  • Publication number: 20200107743
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are improved neural depth probes for detection and stimulation, along with various related improved components, devices, methods, and technologies. More specifically, the devices are layered depth electrodes with at least two layers, with each of the layers containing at least one thin-film trace disposed thereon. Each of the devices can also have a plurality of layers with at least two traces on each layer and contacts coupled to each trace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Bachinski, Mark A. Christianson, Steve Mertens
  • Patent number: 10615830
    Abstract: The application relates to a device and to a method for detecting a Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) signal in a motor vehicle, in particular having a module with a “C2X” communication system and/or “Car2Car” communication system of a motor vehicle, wherein after amplitude demodulation of a received signal, one or more properties of the received signal are examined by a protocol detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Morhart, Thomas Georgi, Andre Merten, Christian Kursawe, Christian Fruth
  • Publication number: 20200058969
    Abstract: An electric stored energy source for a motor vehicle has a housing that defines an inner chamber in which electrochemical components of an energy storage cell are accommodated, and a line extending through the inner chamber and via which a coolant or a heating medium can be guided through the inner chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas MERTENS
  • Patent number: 10543648
    Abstract: A process arrangement and a process for the production of a fiber-reinforced plastics component made of at least one continuous-fiber-reinforced semifinished textile fiber product with reactive thermoplastic matrix material, where during the manufacture of the semifinished fiber product trimming residues arise, composed of a composite made of fibers and of the reactive thermoplastic matrix material. The trimming residues obtained during the manufacture of the semifinished fiber product are supplied to a recycling unit for the provision of a recyclate as reactive, as yet unpolymerized starting material for the production of a further component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignees: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT, BASF SE
    Inventors: Thomas Mertens, Max Ehleben, Christine Kunze, Olaf Täger, Maurice Bitterlich, Katja Zeuner, Philippe Desbois, Andreas Wollny
  • Publication number: 20190331436
    Abstract: A stacked plate heat exchanger may include a plurality of stacked plates stacked on top of one another, between which a plurality of hollow spaces for two media may be alternately defined. The plurality of stacked plates may include at least two first stacked plates and at least one second stacked plate. The plurality of stacked plates may respectively include at least one first passage opening surrounded by a dome and at least one second passage opening. The at least one second passage opening of the at least one second stacked plate may be surrounded by an annular bead. The at least one second stacked plate may be arranged between the at least two first stacked plates such that the dome of a lower first stacked plate, the dome of an upper first stacked plate, and the annular bead are connected to one another and define an immersion tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Axel Dolderer, Andreas Draenkow, Timo Feldkeller, Thomas Mager, Thomas Merten, Markus Wesner
  • Patent number: 10371465
    Abstract: A heat exchanger may include input-side and output-side tube plates and tubes supported therein, forming a first flow duct for a first medium. A housing may surround the tube plates and the tubes, forming a second flow duct for a second medium running between the tubes in the housing. The heat exchanger may further include at least one turbulence-generating insert arranged in the second flow duct between the tubes, the insert having ducts with permeable side walls for the second medium, and at least one dividing wall duct having closed side walls and being spaced apart at least at one longitudinal end from the housing. The at least one dividing wall duct may be designed to be open at both longitudinal ends, may be produced by a compression process, and may have a rising first flank and a second flank engaging below the second flank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Richter, Bjoern Haller, Johannes Kaelber, Thomas Merten, Tobias Isermeyer
  • Publication number: 20190219313
    Abstract: A stacked plate heat exchanger for a motor vehicle may include a plurality of elongated plates stacked on one another between which a plurality of cavities are disposed alternately for two media. The plurality of cavities may be respectively delimited by a respective plate of the plurality of plates zonally by a plate surface and a surrounding wall. The respective plate may include two flow openings, two passage openings, and two domes respectively arranged around one of the two passage openings. At least of one of the plurality of plates may further include an elongated separation shaping arranged on the plate surface, projecting into the respective cavity, and extending from the first short side between the two flow openings in a direction of the second short side. The separation shaping may adjoin the first short side at an angle ? of 45° to 90°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Andreas Draenkow, Timo Feldkeller, Thomas Merten
  • Patent number: 10331452
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments disclosed herein, there is provided systems and methods for tracking the mode of processing devices in an instruction tracing system. The method may include receiving an indication of a change in a current execution mode of the processing device. The method may also include determining that the current execution mode of the received indication is different than a value of an execution mode of a first execution mode (EM) packet previously-generated by the IT module. The method may also include generating, based on the determining that the current execution mode is different, a second EM packet that provides a value of the current execution mode of the processing device to indicate the change in the execution mode for an instruction in a trace generated by the IT module. The method may further include generating transactional memory (TMX) packets having n bit mode pattern in the packet log. The n is at least two and the n bit mode indicates transaction status of the TMX operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Thilo Schmitt, Peter Lachner, Beeman Strong, Ofer Levy, Thomas Toll, Matthew Merten, Tong Li, Ravi Rajwar, Konrad Lai
  • Publication number: 20180297733
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) for emptying moist powder from a container (2), said device comprising a breaking ring (3) that is provided with one or more outward-extending breaking ribs (4), a cross-shaped stabilizing structure (4), and a breaking spike (6). The invention further relates to a method for emptying moist powder from a container using said device (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: George Arntz, Markus Haeusler, Karlheinz Kühn, Thomas Mertens, Christof Speer
  • Publication number: 20180250924
    Abstract: In order to optimize a method for stiffening a metal component by pressing a fiber-reinforced plastic insert onto the metal component in such a way that the method can be integrated into the serial production of the car body, it is proposed that the fiber-reinforced plastic insert be picked up by means of a robot-controlled application head and pressed onto the metal component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Robert Thomas, Max Ehleben, Thomas Mertens, Anselm Tobias Bochtler, Fabian Fischer
  • Publication number: 20180065326
    Abstract: A process arrangement and a process for the production of a fiber-reinforced plastics component made of at least one continuous-fiber-reinforced semifinished textile fiber product with reactive thermoplastic matrix material, where during the manufacture of the semifinished fiber product trimming residues (mR, mA) arise, composed of a composite made of fibers and of the reactive thermoplastic matrix material, and during finishing of the finished plastics component final-trimming residues (mE) arise, composed of a composite of fibers and of polymerized thermoplastic matrix material, and are further processed in a recycling unit to give a recyclate. The trimming residues arising during the manufacture of the semifinished fiber product are polymerized in a preparatory unit and then are delivered in the invention to the recycling unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicants: Volkswagen AG, BASF SE
    Inventors: Thomas MERTENS, Max EHLEBEN, Christine KUNZE, Olaf TÄGER, Maurice BITTERLICH, Katja ZEUNER, Philippe DESBOIS, Andreas WOLLNY
  • Publication number: 20180050504
    Abstract: A process arrangement and a process for the production of a fiber-reinforced plastics component made of at least one continuous-fiber-reinforced semifinished textile fiber product with reactive thermoplastic matrix material, where during the manufacture of the semifinished fiber product trimming residues arise, composed of a composite made of fibers and of the reactive thermoplastic matrix material. The trimming residues obtained during the manufacture of the semifinished fiber product are supplied to a recycling unit for the provision of a recyclate as reactive, as yet unpolymerized starting material for the production of a further component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Thomas MERTENS, Max EHLEBEN, Christine KUNZE, Olaf TÄGER, Maurice BITTERLICH, Katja ZEUNER, Philippe DESBOIS, Andreas WOLLNY
  • Publication number: 20180029249
    Abstract: A process for the production of fiber-reinforced components or semifinished products is provided, where fibers are saturated with monomer. The process includes at least one of adding flakes including fibers and adding individual fibers. For this, the fibers, the monomer, and the flakes including fibers and/or the individual fibers are added to an injection-molding machine and forced into an injection mold, whereupon polymerization of the monomer is completed in the injection mold. Alternatively a fiber structure on a conveyor belt is saturated with a solution including a monomer, optionally including an activator, and optionally including a catalyst. In a following step, individual fibers and/or flakes including fibers are distributed on the saturated fiber structure, the fiber structure is passed through a roll pair in which pressure is exerted onto the fiber structure, and finally the saturated fiber structure is cooled so that the monomer solidifies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Philippe Desbois, Andreas Wollny, Max Ehleben, Maurice Bitterlich, Katja Zeuner, Thomas Mertens, Olaf Taeger-lng
  • Publication number: 20170326821
    Abstract: A process arrangement for producing a fiber-reinforced plastic component comprises a stacking station in which pre-impregnated textile semi-finished products can be stacked, and an assembly station in which the semi-finished products can be further processed to form the layered packet. The forming of the fiber-reinforced plastic component is subsequently carried out in the press. According to the invention, the stacking station is assigned at least one transport and/or storage container in which the semi-finished products can be stored air-tight, light-proof, and/or moisture-tight shielding and can be transported to the assembly station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Maurice BITTERLICH, Max EHLEBEN, Katja ZEUNER, Thomas MERTENS
  • Publication number: 20160169599
    Abstract: A heat exchanger may include input-side and output-side tube plates and tubes supported therein, forming a first flow duct for a first medium. A housing may surround the tube plates and the tubes, forming a second flow duct for a second medium running between the tubes in the housing. The heat exchanger may further include at least one turbulence-generating insert arranged in the second flow duct between the tubes, the insert having ducts with permeable side walls for the second medium, and at least one dividing wall duct having closed side walls and being spaced apart at least at one longitudinal end from the housing. The at least one dividing wall duct may be designed to be open at both longitudinal ends, may be produced by a compression process, and may have a rising first flank and a second flank engaging below the second flank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Jens Richter, Bjoern Haller, Johannes Kaelber, Thomas Merten, Tobias Isermeyer